Learn How To Kayak This Summer

Two young boys kayaking on a summer day

Kayaking is a fun and versatile watersport to enjoy with friends and family. It is also a new way to explore nature from a different point of view. If you are looking for a new and exciting summer hobby, kayaking may just be perfect for you. To get started, check out this beginner’s guide to kayaking.

Gear and Clothing:

  • Personal flotation device
  • Paddle (make sure you get the right size)
  • Bilge pump to help remove unwanted water from your kayak
  • Spray skirt  (used for rough water conditions)
  • Swimsuit
  • Short or long sleeve top
  • Neoprene footwear (water shoes)
  • Hat
  • Lightweight jacket or rain jacket (depending on weather)

Adjusting Your Kayak:

This will keep you in a more stable position during your journey on the water.

  1. Push your backside firmly against the seat
  2. Place your feet on the footpegs and slightly bend your knees
  3. Bent knees should be in slight contact with the inside of the kayak

Launching Your Kayak:

  1. Get help from a friend to carry the kayak to your starting point
  2. Stand right over the kayak
  3. Grab the sides and slide your feet in
  4. Use your paddle to move your kayak into the water (push off the ground or side of the bank)

Other Tips For First-time Kayakers:

  • Choose a calm body of water (lakes or ponds are perfect)
  • Look for a slightly sloping piece of land to launch off of
  • Choose a sunny and windless day
  • Paddle into the wind if it is windy

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